Over the past months I have forwarded to you information on the Chinese response to Muslim terrorism in their western provinces. I have for several years been following Uighur terrorism directed at the PRC government in Beijing and government symbols and facilities around China. The PRC has little tolerance for dissent and far less for violent protest and terrorism. Ethnic Uighur Muslims are being detained in what is reported as vast numbers and re-educated with the seeming goal of replacing Islam with Communism. Based on a long history of attempts by communist governments to eradicate various religions, the medium term effects of this program will probably create more ill will and few converts.China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’ - The New York Times
A comprehensive look by the WSJ at the disputed territory in the South China Sea and some accommodation the Philippines are negotiating with the PRC that may be of interest.
China Poised to Win Major Victory in Sea Dispute With Help of Philippine Resources Deal - WSJ
Attached is WSJ article on yet another use of poison gas by Assad govt. One wonders what sort of response the White House will order up this time. Syria is becoming more difficult to de-conflict any types of attack because of the presence of so many groups and governments (Israel, Iran, Russia, the Kurds, the Iraqis, the US). One false move/one mistake could cause things to get very hot very quickly, especially as a chemical munition is an area weapon, unlike a cruise missile.
U.S. Says Syria Plans Gas Attack in Rebel Stronghold - WSJ